Model hunt challenge

Model hunt challenge

Samisoni Nabilivalu
Saturday, November 05, 2011

FINDING models for Fiji Fashion Week 2011 (FJFW) has been no easy task, says model co-ordinator Meliki Temo, who has been with the organisation for four years.

Temo said like any other international fashion show, FJFW had always maintained the same requirement standards international shows had for their models.

The international standard, she explained, is a height requirement of 5 feet 9 inches for female models and 5 feet 10 inches for male models, and a slim built for both, but this year the organisers have bent the height rules because it was difficult to find models who meet the requirement.

"The requirement for a specific model is also heavily dictated by what the designers are creating," Temo said.

"This year FJFW provides the models it believes aligns closely to what the designers envision who wears his or her clothes."

Despite one audition in Suva and another in Nadi in early April, Temo, who's job includes scouting for talent, revealed finding female models who were slim-built and tall (5' 9") was hard and that when she did find them, they were either too shy or too young.

"FJFW shows include a Children and Secondary Students Show Category. We haven't set an age limit for models but for every model below the age of 18, we explicitly sought parental consent even before their first practice run," she said.

Temo, who has a full-time job as a human resources administrator for a construction company, was approached by FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight to be part of the FJFW team on a part-time basis.

"I first became involved with FJFW in 2008 through Donna Whippy," she said.

"She needed help in culling models for the show that year, so I offered to help and I have been with FJFW ever since."

In reflecting on her role as model co-ordinator, Temo said: "Being a model co-ordinator means I have had to make some difference in a young person's life and that is exactly what I and the other modelling crew have done.

"We go away satisfied that we have made someone come out of their comfort zone to be more confident, proud, and shine among their peers and family."

This year Temo says those attending FJFW can expect a fresh and higher standard of modelling, the inclusion of international models, and "definitely a multicultural look".


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